Addictions Support Worker Diploma

Program Overview

The Addictions Support Worker program focuses on preparing graduates to be effective social services practitioners by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide support to individuals, families, groups, and communities in need and who are seeking support from a variety of available assistance programs and services. This program is intended for people who are looking for a career in working to support individuals with addictions.

Contact our admissions team today or request information on upcoming program start dates.

Empower Lives, Inspire Change: Enriching Futures with WCC’s Addiction Support Worker Diploma Program. Equip yourself to aid individuals facing addiction across diverse community landscapes.

Job Opportunities

After completion of this program, the graduates will be able to work as:

  • Addiction Support Worker
  • Case aide – social services
  • Child and youth worker
  • Community rehabilitation worker
  • Development service worker
  • Family service worker
  • Group home worker
  • Peer support worker
  • Residential counsellor – group home
  • Social services worker
  • Street outreach worker
  • Streetworker – social services
  • Transition house worker – social services

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must provide the following:

  • A Criminal Record Check
  • A signed physician waiver confirming suitability to practice
  • A signed attestation of being free from addiction for at least three years
  • Proof of Grade 12 graduation or Mature Student Status (19 years of age or more)
  • Proof of language competence:

 Domestic Students:

  • Grade 10 English
  • Successful Completion of English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by the College (scoring 60% or more)

 International Students:

  • IELTS: 5.5 or
  • TOEFL (paper): 550 or
  • TOEFL (CBT): 210 or
  • TOEFL (IBT): 79 or
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLB): 6
  • PTE Academic: 50 or
  • Cambridge: CAE or
  • Has earned a Grade 12 graduation diploma from in a system in which English is the official language, or
  • Successfully completed a pre-Intermediate certificate from a Language Canada accredited school or
  • Successful Completion of English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by the College (scoring 60% or more)
  • Successful completion of 24-week ESL program at the College

Completion Requirements

Students need to pass all the courses with at least 60% marks and get a “Pass” from the supervisor in their skills course and practicum.

 Additionally, students will be required to complete the following third-party certificates prior to graduation:

  • First Aid Level I
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Online Naloxone Training

Program Duration

1000 hours; 50 weeks

Delivery Method(s)

Indicate how the program is delivered

  • In-class instruction
  • Distance education
  • Combined delivery (both in-class and distance)

Course Outline

Course # Title of Course/Work Experience Component # of Hours
CSW01 Interpersonal Communication for Human Services 50
ADSW010 Addictions Fundamentals 50
ADSW020 Fundamentals for Addictions, Community and Social Service Workers 50
CSW08 Introduction to Psychology 50
ADSW030 Ethics Fundamentals for Addictions Workers 50
CSW14 Pharmacology & Medication Management 50
CSW15 Self-Care 40
ADSW013 Interview and Intake Procedures 60
CSW04 Report Writing in Social Services 40
ADSW050 Supporting the Families 50
CSW07 Mental Health Challenges 50
ADSW015 Behavior Analysis Techniques 40
ADSW060 Processes for Relapse Prevention 60
ADSW016 Addictions and High-Risk Populations 60
ADSW070 Addictions in Child and Youth Populations 60
CSW17 Professional Skills for Fieldwork 40
ADSW090 Work Experience 200

Please speak with Campus Representative if you need further information.

Fee Structure

1 Tuition $8000 Domestic Students
2 Application Fee $250
3 Text Books $1000
4 Course Materials $200
Total $9,450  
1 Tuition $11500 International Students
2 Application Fee $250
3 Text Books $1000
4 Course Materials $200
Total $12,950  

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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